K-Pop singer Lee Jihan, 24, dies in Seoul Halloween crowd crush
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Lee Jihan, an actor and K-Pop singer, has passed away at the age of 24 as a result of the Seoul Halloween crowd crush.
On Saturday 29 October, tens of thousands of people flooded to the streets in Itaewon district - a popular location in Seoul known for its nightlife - to celebrate Halloween.
However, as crowds surged onto a downhill alleyway measuring only 10 feet wide, at around 10.20pm local time, a stampede took place killing more than 150 people.
Amongst the chaos, K-Pop singer Lee Jihan, who made his acting debut in web drama The Butterfly Dream, was killed - his management confirming his passing in a social media post.
Jihan first became known after appearing on season two of Produce 101 - a reality talent competition to find the next K-Pop group.
935 Entertainment and 9Ato Entertainment - the two agencies representing Jihan - announced the star's passing on Twitter.
The statement reads: "[Translation] It is heartbreaking to greet you with sad news. Actor Lee Ji-han, a precious family member of 935 Entertainment and 9Ato Entertainment, has become a star in the sky and has left us.
"I extend my deepest condolences to the bereaved families who are deeply saddened by the sudden loss and to all those who love, cherish, and grieve together with actor Lee Ji-han."
The post continued: "Actor Lee Ji-han was a friendly and warm friend to everyone. The infinitely bright and innocent actor Lee Ji-han, always smiled brightly.
"It is hard to believe that I will no longer be able to see him.
"Please send us a warm welcome on the final path of actor Lee Ji-han, who left us too soon. We, 935 Entertainment and 9Ato Entertainment, will remember for a long time the image of actor Lee Ji-han, who shined beautifully with his passion for acting.
"Once again, we send our deepest condolences to the deceased on his last journey."
Fans of the singer and actor have since flooded to social media to pay tribute to the 24-year-old.
One said: "My condolences to his loved ones. I can’t imagine the pain they are going through."
"Rest in peace Lee Ji Han, such a young talented life lost," another commented.
A third wrote: "May he rest in peace. My heart aches for all the victims and their families."
South Korea has since gone into a period of mourning until 5 November and all K-Pop concerts have been cancelled as a sign of respect.
If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence, contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677